5 on Friday 23/08/19

It’s Friday, and here on No Rerolls that means it’s time for an all-new 5 on Friday.  We’re going to start with 5 exciting releases for this week before moving on to our usual digest of some of our favourite articles from the past week. Of course, we’re slow readers, so don’t be surprised if there are some articles that are a little older – these are just some of the great articles we happen to have actually read in the past week.

Releases and Previews

Every week there are many games and miniatures released. This will probably be a mix of previews, preorders and releases, and with release dates being the way they are in this industry, it’s always pretty approximate. Excuses out of the way, here are 5 of the releases that caught our attention this week:

Tabletop Scotland is this weekend! – It’s been a long time since I last went to a convention.  I used to go to Carronade in Falkirk every year and I’ve been to Claymore in Edinburgh a couple of times.  I went to Wappinshaw in Glasgow one year, too.  Last year a new convention, Tabletop Scotland, launched in Perth.  I never went.  This year I’m really looking forward to going along.

tabletop scotland

I’ve booked myself in for a few RPGs and actually have a pretty busy weekend set up for myself.  I’m especially looking forward to playing some Vampire and Traveller.  I’ll post a little write-up of my weekend once I’m back home and settled.

Samjoko publishing launches Kickstarter campaign for their Never Knows Best RPG – Oh, I like the art style here.  I’ve never seen the anime on which the authors based this RPG, but I’m tempted to check it out after reading about it on their Kickstarter campaign page.

never knows best cover

The theme of teens struggling to discover their identity is a universal one.  The game explores things which are common to us all.  I like the idea of the robot transformation and repressed traits.  I’d be keen to pick up the PDF edition, or maybe watch or listen to an actual play to see how it works.

Capstone Games releases Watergate board game – A CDG with a historical theme and asymmetric win conditions?  Surely, this is from my beloved GMT Games?  No?  Then, who?  Capstone Games?  Never heard of ’em!

watergate bg cover

.I like the theme.  I like CDGs.  I like asymmetry.  I really like the board design that Capstone went with.  The idea of the Nixon Administration versus the investigative journalists is a solid setup.  All in all, this is very appealing.

Alligator Alley reveals Threats Database for Esper Genesis – 5E continues the march to ubiquity with Esper Genesis, a very attractive set of Sci-fi RPG books using the 5E ruleset.  The latest reveal is for the Threats Database book:

esper genesis

This is a beautiful sci-fi bestiary book featuring over 200 monsters and NPCs.  The art previews are really impressive.  Even if you’re not into Esper Genesis, this would be a good book to get you started with any sci-fi themed game of 5E.

Eberron book revealed for Dungeons & Dragons 5E – I’ve previously written about my love for the Eberron campaign setting.  It’s a great setting for your RPG campaigns, containing a good mix of fantasy, steampunk and noir themes.

eberron 5e cover.png

I’m very excited for the book to come out.  The Warforged, heavily featured in this setting, are one of my favourite RPG races.  I like that, from the description on the website, Wizards are really leaning into the pulpy, noir aspects of the setting.  This is what I love, and it helps to set it further apart from the other available books.  Great stuff, cannae wait!

Blog Posts/Articles

The meat of 5 on Friday, the articles are listed in no particular order, so let’s get into some recommendations:

5 reasons why Tabletop Scotland is the best convention I’ve been to @ James Naylor: Game Creator – An older article to get us started.  I was looking for info on Tabletop Scotland and how it went last year in advance of this weekend’s show.  This is a good writeup of the highlights of what sounds like a very good convention.

Returning to the World of Darkness [Tabletop] @ Groove Crusaders – I’ve just returned, too!  My absence was not as prolonged as the author’s, but I still missed the place.  The author shares their experience with the VtM videogames.  The love for Bloodlines is pretty common, but it’s nice to see Redemption getting some appreciation, too.  I liked that one back in the day.  It’s also great to see more people getting into the tabletop game, as it really is one of my favourites.

Gaslands Mayhem @ Advanceop’s Hobby Blog – I’ve still not played Gaslands.  it gets a little bit of play at my local club and I picked up some old toy cars to convert up as post-apocalyptic battle-wagons.  I also picked up the book.  I need some templates.  This article further whets my appetite for this game and I particularly like all of the pretty pictures of the game being played.

Tortuga Fairbanks: Tortle Barbarian @ Misanthropester – A very nice article about one player’s D&D character.  It’s nice to see a character so thoroughly thought out by a smart, thoughtful player.  The miniature used for the character is also nice, and is painted up.  I also enjoyed the little end section on the racial traits – particularly in regard to Shell Defence.  I agree with the author on this – it’s a nice, flavourful trait.  Tortuga Fairbanks would be welcome in any of my campaigns!

Thurso art – art in hidden places, the Robert Dick Mural @ Thurso Stuff – I’m ending this week with some local flavour!  Like me, the author lives on the north coast of Scotland.  She is kind enough to share her experiences in our wee town and actually shows me some street art that I didn’t even know existed!  I’ll be ducking behind Caithness Horizons for a peek in the near future!

This week, we took a look at some of the themed forces available for Warmachine.  The next part in that series will follow next week.

Catch you later!

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